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biking/walkingPhotos (left to right): Saunders-Monticello Trail (Peter Krebs/PEC); Prolyfyck Run Crew (William Jones III); BikeCville (Naomi Johndaughter); Riverview Park (Peter Krebs/PEC).

The Piedmont Environmental Council is pulling together an alliance of organizations that share a vision of a better-connected community for walking, biking and other forms of active transportation in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

We believe that everyone in our community should have multimodal access to education, employment, and recreational opportunities. Access to these opportunities must be safe, comfortable, convenient, and free from physical and systemic barriers for individuals of all ages, abilities, and racial and ethnic backgrounds. Meeting this essential standard makes our community healthier, more sustainable, and more just. This new alliance will be dedicated to improving mobility and promoting active lifestyles and everyday access to the outdoors.

The community reached an important milestone in 2019 with the completion of the Jefferson Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, but that vision can only become a reality with organized advocacy and persistent engagement. This coalition (whose name will be determined by the members themselves) will provide a framework for groups already doing good work to share information and resources, to work collaboratively, and to broaden our collective impact.

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Who Can Join the Alliance?

  • Any organization, group, club, or business dedicated to promoting walking, biking, running, skating, scooting, riding, paddling, transit or other forms of active transportation, recreation or healthful pursuit of a more active community may become a member.

  • Because organizations don’t do work (their people do) individuals are welcome too.

  • We do not prioritize organizations based on size or specific legal status.

  • Member organizations appoint one representative to act as a contact / liaison.

  • The groups will be called upon, on occasion, to take coordinated action.
  • Government agencies can take part as partners or guests but cannot vote.

  • As the group evolves, some kind of charter will be created.

  • Membership is free

 Meeting Structure

  • Meetings will be periodic, with a frequency that the members will agree to by consensus.

  • The purpose of the meetings is to share information and find ways to collaborate.

  • Meetings will be open to the public but only member organizations may vote.

  • Because the goal is to make decisions by consensus, voting will be rare.

  • Smaller working groups will be formed to address specific issues/opportunities.

  • PEC will convene the group and provide some staff support (through its Community Organizer).

This will not be a new non-profit organization but rather a framework for existing groups to share resources and to collaborate toward common goals. The coalition will identify specific work areas where there is significant overlap of interest. Teams will form to plot and execute concrete action steps.

The alliance will meet periodically beginning with a soft launch via Zoom meeting in late August. [Please fill out this Doodle poll to help us select a date and time]. We will then have a larger Zoom-based mini summit in the Fall with a speaker and discussions about shared goals and projects.

Here are some areas that have been identified as opportunities for collaboration: 

  • Advocacy for state and local infrastructure spending (*)
  • Business engagement
    • Affiliation or Donation programs
    • Walk+Bike-friendly biz
  • Corridor Analysis, Mapping and Feasibility
  • Counting, Data Collection and Evaluation
  • Education
    • Benefits of physical activity
    • Etiquette, Safety, and Health practices
    • Environmental and Social justice
  • Events
    • Annual Summit
    • Bike Rides (*)
    • Community Walks/hikes
    • Monthly social (*)
    • Open Streets (*)
    • Push-ins and tabling (*)
  • Fundraising
  • Maintenance / Volunteerism Clearinghouse
    • Inter-organization coordination
    • Public interface
  • Marketing
  • One-Map project (*)
  • Policy, education, and engagement
  • Research, learning, professional development (*)
  • Signage
    • Directional / wayfinding
    • Educational / interpretive
    • Safety / Etiquette
  • Social and Environmental Justice
  • Social Media
  • Story-telling
  • Tactical Urbanism
  • Youth Programs and engagement

 (*) The current, informal, coalition is already working on these things.


Getting Started

The alliance will meet periodically beginning with a soft launch via Zoom meeting in late August. [Please fill out this Doodle poll to help us select a date and time].

We will then have a larger Zoom-based mini summit in the Fall with a speaker and discussions about shared goals and projects. In the meantime, we invite you to fill out this brief questionnaire, which will be the beginning of our membership roster and a way to start thinking about how organizations’ goals and resources can complement one another. If you represent an organization that is already part of our informal Greenways Group, I still ask you to complete the form so we can have all information in one place.

We will send out invitations to the August meeting once we have a date. Like all of our gatherings, it will be free and open to anyone who wishes to take part. Please forward this invitation to anyone or organization who is working toward (or would benefit from) better access to the outdoors and a well-connected community. 

We look forward to working together!

Questions? Please contact PEC community organizer, Peter Krebs, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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  • Add your name or business/organization to our letter of support for the recently released Jefferson Area Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan.

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  • Sign up to receive periodic email updates and action alerts related to bike and pedestrian connectivity.

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  • This is a community-led project and we need your help! 

Have questions?

Contact Peter Krebs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-977-2033 x.7065

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